School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

Researchers in the School’s two submissions to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise have achieved world-leading status and international excellence for the high quality and volume of their research work over the past six years, according to the RAE results.  In both Social Work and Sociology, 55% of the School’s research activity was judged to be world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*), with 20% at world class level. Only five other universities have Sociology profiles (4*+3*) that are higher than Queen’s.

Social Work has the tenth highest quality profile of all the 68 universities that made submissions to the Social Work and Social Policy & Administration panel, with an overall ranking of 19th. In the 2001 RAE, there was a separate Social Work panel which received 30 submissions, and Queen’s was ranked 9th. It is now 4th among the social work units making submissions to RAE 2008.

Sociology at Queen’s has the 6th highest quality profile of the 39 submissions to the Sociology panel. It achieved an overall ranking of 13th.

In comparison with the 20 Russell Group universities, Sociology at Queen’s achieved 7th place. Social Work achieved 11th place among the Russell Group submissions across Social Work and Social Policy & Administration.

Head of School Professor Mike Tomlinson praised staff for their sustained and committed approach to research in recent years. “The recognition of our research shows how the specialist work that we are known for in the Northern Ireland context has international significance. Whether we are researching the well-being of children or  the complexities of social conflict, people want to learn from our research and experience. Our work contributes to knowledge, debate and policy at a global level, as well as making a key contribution to the future cohesion of a society still emerging from decades of conflict. The School has excellent results from RAE 2008 and I want to congratulate all staff, including support staff, on our achievement.”